Sandy Hook

Trip Start May 16, 2003
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Saturday, April 14, 2007

We planned a great weekend in Connecticut, but Sunday was suppose to start a big storm, and being almost nine months pregnant and with a two year old, we decided not to chance it.  We stayed home working on the kids' room, taking care of odd home improvement projects etc.

However, we did decide to take a ride to Sandy Hook lighthouse (who knows, if the storm is as big as they say it might not be there soon).

The ride over was nice, we've been in area before going to the Navesink Lighthouse, even though the signs are almost non-existent.  We did mention this to the volunteers who work at the lighthouse, and they are well aware of the problem (the signs have to be put up by the state of NJ).

The lighthouse is in the edge of what seems to be a militarized zone; bunkers, monuments to missile testing etc. are on the way.  . If the children would have been a bit older we would have stopped at all the free tours offered.
But they're not...
So we didn't....



The road (Ocean Dr.) is very scenic and takes you through the Sandy Hook beaches, with the ocean on your left.  There are no signs to direct you so just keep going until you see one (keep left) when you're almost there, we turned around to ask a park ranger because we thought we were lost.  We finally got to the lighthouse; in a small town that looks like it has been a barracks at one point (which it was).  The lighthouse is well maintained, there is a wonderful small museum and multimedia presentations in the lighthouse keeper's home.  A tour of the lighthouse (walk up) is offered, but the climb is a bit difficult and you have to be 48" tall (I believe) in order to go.

Ed, a volunteer at the lighthouse we talked to gave us a great tip, go on the road around the lighthouse to a "T", make a left, and then make a right at the first stop sign.  Drive until you get to a gravel road and walk a few hundred yards in a path (all sand).  There is a scenic overlook on top of a building which looks over all of Sandy Hook as well as NY harbor.

We followed the directions exactly.  At the second stop sign a brown fox crossed our path ... a fox, who knew?
He crossed the road into the woods, then just stood there and stared at us for about five seconds.  We ceased the opportunity, took out the camera aimed and ... ran out of batteries ... arrrggghhh!!!!!!

There is a parking lot at the edge of the road, and we saw people walk around (there is a cerement structure around there), we walked a few hundred yards as Ed said and went to the overlook.  It is beautiful (mostly used by birdwatchers), and well worth the short drive and walk.  We found out that we were lucky to see the fox in daylight, but there are foxes in the area and have their layer on the beach.



Afterwards we went for lunch, last time we went to Bahr's which was excellent, but we decided to try another restaurant.  We stopped at "Something Fishy" restaurant and fish market at Sea Bright.  The restaurant is under construction so we sat at the bar (we were the only one's there, with another couple who left after half and hour or so), the staff is very friendly, the food was OK but expensive ($75 for two appetizers, two entrees, kids meal and a beer).  Our daughter loved the brightly colored fish décor, and the "Finding Nemo" coloring page.
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